Restless Legs Syndrome During Pregnancy
Can’t sleep because you can’t stand to lie still? We’ve got the details on why you’ve got restless legs during pregnancy and how to deal with it.
What is restless legs syndrome during pregnancy?
Something about pregnancy can trigger restless legs syndrome (RLS), a nagging urge to move your legs that can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep and make you really uncomfortable.
What are the signs of RLS during pregnancy?
Discomfort or pain in your legs. It might feel as if your skin is crawling! Usually, it gets worse when you’re not moving your legs or in the evening and night. You might also constantly move in your sleep or have trouble sleeping.
Are there any tests for RLS during pregnancy?
No. RLS is diagnosed based on symptoms and a physical exam. Your doc may test your iron levels, though, since RLS is sometimes a sign of low iron or anemia.
How common is RLS during pregnancy?
Pretty common -- about one in four pregnant women get it.
How did I get RLS during pregnancy?
There are a few potential causes of RLS. You could have low levels of iron or folate, or your changing hormones could be to blame. Your legs might feel more sensitive because any swelling you might have is compressing your nerves.
How will my RLS affect my baby?
It shouldn’t. But some drugs used to treat RLS could harm baby, so talk with your doctor before taking any RLS medications (see next page for treatments, tips, prevention and resources for RLS).
See next page for treatments, prevention, resources and tips from other moms-to-be.